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Skip the Line: Dedicated Access to St Peter Basilica & official audioguide

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Vatican City, Italy

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Overview

To dig deep into the history and art of St. Peter’s Basilica, explore the church on a self-guided audio tour. Explore St. Peter’s Square, walk to the basilica, and jump past the entrance queue with your No Wait Access ticket. Inside, listen to stories about the popes, pilgrims, and Renaissance art masters who have left their marks on this iconic Catholic site, whose Michelangelo-designed dome dominates the Rome skyline.
  • Audio guided tour of St. Peter's Basilica
  • Enjoy fast-track entrance to St. Peter's Basilica
  • Gaze in awe at the impressive dome designed by Michelangelo
  • Rub the foot of the statue of St. Peter, and see Michelangelo's 'La Pietà'
  • Listen to audio commentary as you explore at your own pace
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Audioguided tour of the Basilica with fully narrated tour
Taxes and gratuities
Free wifi and toilets
Over 30 point of interest to visit
Headphones (you can use your own or buy them at the desk for €1,00)
Basilica entrance ticket (the entrance in the Basilica is free)
Cupola (Dome) entrance ticket

Departure Point

St. Peter's Basilica, Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Vatican City Italy
Collect your audio guide from a location in St. Peter’s Square, and walk over to St. Peter’s Basilica, passing a fountain and 13th-century Egyptian obelisk before you arrive in front of the church.

Enjoy fast-track entry to the basilica with your skip-the-line, allowing you to go straight inside the spectacular structure, said to be built upon the site where St. Peter the Apostle was crucified. Throughout the centuries, the humble church grew into the ornate icon it is today—the holiest of Catholic sites. With your audio guide on, explore at your leisure to discover Renaissance art like Michelangelo’s 'La Pietà' sculpture, as well as the Cupola—St. Peter’s famous dome.

Admire mosaic works, see a statue of St. Peter, visit the tomb of Pope John Paul II, and stare in wonder at Bernini’s 'Baldacchino,' the elaborate canopy alter that sits above St. Peter’s tomb.

When you have finished exploring, simply return your audio guide back to the start point.

Click on the 'View additional info' link to see a map of the meeting location.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
St. Peter's Basilica
The meeting point is - looking at the Basilica – at the end of the left colonnade, near the metal detectors located at the intersection of Via Paolo VI and Piazza del Sant’Uffizio. Our staff - wearing a blue jacket with the Vox Mundi logo printed on it - will wait for you to accompany you, through a dedicated gate, inside the Basilica. Emergency number: In compliance with the latest ministerial provisions, entry will be guaranteed every 30 minutes (at the 00 and 30 of the hours), visitors must wear a mask and their temperature will be measured (if a guest had a temperature above 37.5 °C, entry will be denied).
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • NO Ticket is needed to enter St. Peter. Basilica. This is an Audio-guide service with No wait access entrance to the Basilica.
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • Please note: Due to religious celebrations, the venue might be not accessible on the day of your tour; it is recommended that you contact the local operator to avoid any inconvenience
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • OPERATED BY Vox Mundi

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Skip the Line: Dedicated Access to St Peter Basilica & official audioguide?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Skip the Line: Dedicated Access to St Peter Basilica & official audioguide.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Skip the Line: Dedicated Access to St Peter Basilica & official audioguide?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Skip the Line: Dedicated Access to St Peter Basilica & official audioguide.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Skip the Line: Dedicated Access to St Peter Basilica & official audioguide?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Skip the Line: Dedicated Access to St Peter Basilica & official audioguide.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Skip the Line: Dedicated Access to St Peter Basilica & official audioguide?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Skip the Line: Dedicated Access to St Peter Basilica & official audioguide.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Skip the Line: Dedicated Access to St Peter Basilica & official audioguide?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Skip the Line: Dedicated Access to St Peter Basilica & official audioguide.

Traveler Tips


  • "Skipping the main line is worth it unless you don't mind queuing for well over an hour." See review
  • "Entry to the museum and the location of Peter's bones are an extra cost." See review

Reviews

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Efficient and easy.
FK_E
, Feb 2020
It was easy to find the Viator representative, and the subsequent wait was very short. The whole experience was good.
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A bit pricey but worth it
leonmoran86
, Jan 2020
Skipping the main line is worth it unless you don't mind queuing for well over an hour. The "Skip the queue line" still has a line but only had to wait 15 mins The audio app is easy to use and deliveries you the flexible to stop start and take photos all within the app.
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star-5
Excellent and professional services
Slagoudakis
, Jan 2020
Totally professional recommended to avoid long waiting time in the security. Friendly and worth the assistance provided.
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Worked well
henrikhB4239CH
, Nov 2019
Worked well with the reception at the meeting point and entrance to the basilica. The basilica itself is absolutely amazing
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Mockery under the Portico
Sightsee751721
, Nov 2019
In order to rent an Audio guide, you need to leave an ID as collateral. We were informed to return the audio guide to the same location we picked it up at before 1630 to get back your ID. At 1620 we returned to the spot we picked it up and were told by the old man there that we needed to return the guides to the satellite desk outside the Holy Doors upstairs. We went up to the desk and were told by the young guy there that we needed to return the guide to the desk downstairs around the corner where we just were. We told him the old guy told us to come upstairs to you. The young guy got on the phone and chatted and laughed with someone, hung up and told us that the ID will be here in 3 minutes. It was just before 1630. Meanwhile other people were turning in their devices and getting their IDs at the desk from the young guy. Every 10 minutes I asked where the IDs were and were told over and over 3 more minutes. Finally at 1650 the old guy from downstairs desk comes to the desk with my ID and laughs and says “sorry” sarcastically. This happened right under the portico of the holiest Basilica in the Roman Catholic Church. They didn’t care – they wouldn’t see us again - it left a bad taste in our mouths – Of all places.
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No Wait Access and AudioGuide were Excellent
John J
, Oct 2019
The No-wait access worked perfectly and we literally walked right in saving us a two-hour wait otherwise. The audioguide in English was excellent and allowed us to pick and choose what elements we wished to see and hear about in any order. We did wish that the website would point out that there would be a 1 Euro charge for headsets if we didn't bring our own. We had accumulated a number of them on other tours (at no charge) and would certainly have brought one of those along if we had known. That small irritant aside, we certainly had no issues with the tour itself and were delighted that we booked it through Viator.
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Lines, lines, and more lines
paulfmeier
, Oct 2019
I have used Viator for several other tours and, in these other cases, "skip the line" really meant "skip the line". This visit was different but, in fairness, we went on a Sunday at 1 PM after a canonization service for 5 people. Unfortunately, this is the only opportunity we had. I would not have gone without the viator booking, but here are some things that happened. First, we couldn't get into the St. Peter's until after 1 PM, as entry was barred as people exited the service for 30 minutes. Second, we could not find the Vox Mundi people for about 15 minutes, but I suspect they were not able to set up exactly at 1 PM; therefore, we wandered around for a bit looking for them. Next, we stood in a 20-minutes "skip the line" to get an orange sticker, that put us in another 20-minute security line to get into the Basilica. Before going inside the building, we went to an outside location where audioguides were being distributed but were told the ones for English were inside. Inside, we got in another audioguide line only to find out it was not for our ticket and that we should go to the audioguide queue in the atrium outside the church. Here, we waited another 10 minutes but, as the line did not seem to be progressing, we gave up and went into the basilica without the audioguide. Finally, something you should know, is that the ticket only gets you into the basilica. Entry to the museum and the location of Peter's bones are an extra cost.
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star-5
Amazing!
notreturning540
, Sep 2019
This was the best tour I've ever had. Much of it was due to our outstanding tour guide geo. I'd go on any tour, any where with her. The Vatican museums were stunning and I thought we saw just the right amount of everything. Having a private moment in the sistine chapel was worth every penny of the cost.
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No wait St Peters
scouper2018
, Jul 2019
There literally was zero wait, you get right in! The audio guide was not the easiest. They didn’t tell you in advance that you needed to download an app, ad it wasn’t working due to slow service. The self guided tour is confusing as the paper is numbered but the sites are not. Some of it was a guessing game.
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star-5
Unforgettable experience
Nomad43231725612
, May 2019
Words can't describe, you have to come and see it yourself. Unforgettable experience we all enjoyed it so much and remember forever. Thank you
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